Becoming a stay at home mother is a big step, and a big investment. And, not everyone is cut out for it. You may find it hard to transition to the role of mother, especially if you have worked your whole life. The whole scenario is complicated further if you plan to operate a home business while you stay home. Here are some pointers on how to be a stay at home mom and operate a home business.
If you have worked your whole life, you may find certain allure to the idea of being without a schedule. The idyllic vision of cuddling up with baby, napping in the sunshine, without having to make a high pressure sales meeting may seem to be a dream come true.
However, to suddenly find yourself without a schedule is a much harsher reality. Speaking from personal experience, I can say that it was a rough transition for me to go from having a regular schedule to being at the beck and call of tiny human. You find that babies follow their own schedule, and just about the time you expect the baby to nap at a certain time, he or she changes that nap time to arsenic hour.
The key, here, is to not rush the home business aspect. Maternity leave lasts for at least 6 weeks for a reason. Once you get the baby into a routine, then you can anticipate working with your home business, Remember, sleep deprivation is a form of torture, and you will be very sleep deprived for a while.
Types of Businesses
The type of business you do from your home can make a big difference with your success, especially if you are a stay at home mom. For several years, I had a jewelry business. I did jewelry shows, just like some people do Tupperware parties. I would pack up my jewelry, load it in the car, and drive to evening jewelry shows while the husband watched the kids. This worked pretty well for us.
However, I did have to make deliveries. This proved to be a problem during my busy season, because I had to haul the children around as I delivered jewelry orders. This often was discouraging.
Other types of businesses may require you to be out of the house during the work day. Another business I had was cleaning houses. The children were a bit older, and I was able to put them in mother’s day out at our local church. This gave me a few hours twice a week to clean houses, and did not cost me much per month for child care.
Just keep in mind that as a mom, your main job is to be a mom. And that is ok. You will not be able to maintain a heavy workload as long as the children depend on you for every drink of water and potty stop. As they get older, it gets easier, and they learn the value of persistence and hard work.